DECLARATIONS OF MINISTERS AND HEADS OF DELEGATIONS
Statements by Ministers and Heads of Delegations of the Republic of Benin, the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire and the Federal Republic of Nigeria were recorded by the ninth session of the Conference of Ministers. States have successively recalled the importance of the fisheries sector in their economies in terms of contribution to food security, fight against poverty and unemployment. They stressed the need to adopt common policies and strategies for sustainable management of shared resources and development of equitable intra-reginal fish trade. They expressed their deep gratitude to all development partners including FAO, EU, ADfB and World Bank for their regular support to FCWC through projects and programs of common interest. Finally, they encouraged the Secretary-General of the Committee for the work done and renewed their commitment to fulfil their obligations for the achievement of the Committee's objectives.
Over the year 2015, the Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) has carried forward several initiatives for fisheries governance notably support for the initiatives and actions of sub-regional and pan-African Institutions in consistency with the fisheries policy and rational exploitation of fishery resources in Africa.
Strengthening the legal framework for the establishment of the FCWC through the followup to the signing of the headquarters agreement respectively by Ministers in charge of fisheries in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire, as well as support for facilitating the ratification of relevant international instruments for fisheries management by the FCWC Member States have been regularly provided.
The 8th Conference of Ministers (CM) of the Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) was held in Accra, Ghana, at Tang Palace Hotel, from 09 to 11 December 2015. Ministers responsible for fisheries and their representatives from five (05) member states of the FCWC were in attendance at the meeting: Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia and Togo. The Minister of Nigeria was excused for absence.
The meeting of the Advisory and Coordination Committee (CCC) of the Fishery Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) was held on 27 April 2015, at the Central Hotel Accra, GHANA.This meeting is part of the follow-up of the recommendations from the 7th session of the Conference of Ministers of the organization.
The participants at the meeting are the Directors of fisheries in the six (6) Member States of the FCWC or their representative.
In his opening remarks, Seraphin DEDI NADJE, the Secretary General of FCWC wished everyone a happy Eid and thanked the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Togo for his effective presence in the workshop reflecting the commitment of Togo to fisheries cooperation in FCWC space and beyond.Then he recalled the terms and conditions for the holding of the workshop, including the material,organizational and financial support provided respectively by the Governments of Ghana, Togo and the NEPAD Agency.
Mr. Dedi then pointed out the context in which is held the workshop marked on the one hand by the increase in IUU fishing in the sub-region, on the other hand by the measures taken internationally including by the European Union and FAO to combat IUU fishing.These measures may jeopardize export opportunities for FCWC countries if in return they do not take action to fight this scourge.The holding of this workshop focused on capacity building for inspection of ships in port and at sea, the sharing of political and legal instruments against IUU fishing is the will of FCWC to rise to IUU fishing challenge.
ABSTRACT Although the need for a shift towards an ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF) has reached a point ofgeneral acceptance by those involved in fisheries management, there is still a need for guidance onhow to apply the EAF in practice. The objective of this study has been to provide the countriesparticipating in the Nansen Project with information on the practical adoption and application of theEAF from a legal perspective, in particular by providing guidance on how to implement the EAF innational legislation. The first part of the study reviews available international and regional instrumentsrelevant to the EAF, and highlights the EAF-related principles and concepts that are contained in theseinstruments. The second part of the study describes how these EAF-related principles and conceptscan be implemented in national legislation through identification of the legal and institutionalmechanisms and management measures that can support such implementation. This is followed by anassessment of how, and to what extent, selected countries participating in the Nansen Project havelegislated for EAF at the national level, focusing on both fisheries legislation and other legalframeworks relevant to the EAF. The study is concluded by a synthesis of some of the trends innational EAF implementation in the participating countries.
1. The fifth Ministerial Conference of the Fisheries Committee for West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) took place in Lomé, Togo, on 14 December 2012, following the meeting of the Advisory and Coordinating Committee (ACC) and the round table for the technical and financial partners, held from 12 to 13 December 2012. 2. Ministers from five of the six member Countries namely the Republic of Benin, the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, the Republic of Ghana, the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of Togo attended the Meeting. The Republic of Liberia was not represented at the meeting.